By staff January 1, 2009

Express Personal Style Through Rugs

Browse the extensive rug fashion showroom at Rugs As Art for the perfect rug for your home. The collection includes hand-selected rugs made by top manufacturers from around the world. You’ll find traditional and contemporary rug designs and everything in-between. Rugs are available in every color, every style, shape and fiber imaginable and prices you will appreciate! Create a custom rug to coordinate perfectly in your room by working with the expert design department. Custom designs can be completed in as little as two weeks and are priced more affordably than you may think. Find the perfect accent or accessory for your home in the unique showroom collection. Buyers from Rugs As Art travel the world to find boutique style in home decoration. Rugs As Art is located at 6660 S. Tamiami Trail, south of Stickney Point Road, next to Ruth’s Christ Steakhouse. Call (941) 921-1900 or visit

Unique Chairs for Any Lifestyle

Living Walls Furniture and Design carries two new chairs from Canadian company GUS* Modern. The GT Rocker is the perfect modern rocking chair. Made with a black powder coated steel frame, the architecturally-styled cushions are inspired by airport lounge seating and 70’s car interiors. The Truss Chair is inspired by the work of the Sarasota School of Architecture and looks at home in both modern and traditional spaces. This mid-century chair features a solid natural oak frame with an interlocking truss base and finger joint detailing on the arm. For these and other home items, visit Living Walls at 1311 Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Moroccan Style Provides an Exotic Oasis

If you’re looking to create some excitement in your home, Moroccan style offers a thrilling blend of luxury, adventure and mystery, says interior designer Barbara Vanderkolk Gardner. Moroccan interiors honor the natural outdoors, with elements like terra-cotta tiles, natural stone, and exotic plants. Vibrant oranges and reds from the sun are paired with the deep blues and sparkling greens of the sea. Moroccan style blends a multitude of textures to create a warm, inviting feeling. To establish that mood, toss layers of fabrics on furniture, use several area rugs, and add texture to your walls. Moroccan-style furniture is often hand-carved from wood. Accessories include handcrafted leather items, perforated metal, blown glass, mosaic tiles, and woven textiles. Add a colorful mosaic table to brighten any room. Large silk pillows and jewel-toned throws are the perfect accents for a sofa. And don’t ignore the value of scent as an accessory. Exotic spices can be used as potpourri to immediately take your mind to Morocco. Whether your goal is to create an entire home of Moroccan style, or just add a touch of Moroccan flair, you will enjoy the exotic ambience that this style evokes.

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